Examples below of how I shopped my own vintage wardrobe for AW19 fashion trends including Camp, Acid Wash, and the Color Purple.
Installment number four in my five-part series on my attempt to re-create Autumn Winter 2019 fashion trends from items within my own vintage wardrobe. All fashion trends do indeed come back around. Huge on the AW19 runway was the color purple. It was everywhere. Looking through my own closet, I realized that I’m not drawn to purple when I’m looking for new clothes to buy, but in my vintage wardrobe, I have a surprising amount of purple clothing.
Camp is defined as something that is appealing because of its bad taste or irony. Generally speaking, this isn’t my aesthetic but I have a couple of unique vintage pieces that border this category. It got me thinking about keeping an eye out for the unusual when I’m shopping in the future.
Acid Wash is a no-go for me as a fashion trend. I didn’t care for it back then and don’t care for it now. Nonetheless, I loved Balmain’s pairing of acid/vintage-inspired jeans with statement tops and jackets. This look is me nearly every day.
The big takeaway from this exercise is that one doesn’t have to buy designer clothing to get the looks and outfits others covet. Buy vintage. Buy second-hand, comb the racks at the thrift store, your local vintage shops, or online and create your own “modern” outfits with your own point of view that will always be distinctly you. No one can copy that.
AW19 Fashion Trend: Camp
I bought this vintage 1970s crochet and lace smock top from a vintage seller in Massachusettes. It was hanging high up on a wall and caught my eye. It’s one of the most unique vintage pieces that I own. It’s a bit camp, a bit unusual. I’m wearing it here with Helmut Lang trousers and Doc Martens.
I scored this vintage sweatshirt from Lucky Vintage in Seattle last summer during a vintage shopping excursion with my nieces. I didn’t buy much on that trip as I was focused on them but this sweatshirt jumped right off the rack and into my bag.
AW19 Fashion Trend: Purple
I adored the monochromatic plum-toned outfits that I saw on the runway. They were a beautiful and sophisticated interpretation of fall. I played around with a few items lurking in my vintage wardrobe that honestly have been ignored for a while. This plum and gold velvet jacket is a little too big for me so I don’t reach for it too often. I should get it altered. I styled it here with a vintage 1980s blouse, purple wool trousers from COS, and a couple of vintage gold chains.
I’ve owned this pair of vintage 1970s purple swede pants since sometime in the 90s. Occasionally, I have dressed them up with a black blazer but my preferred way to wear them is really dressed down as I did here with a t-shirt and metallic boots. I love the way the purple pants were styled on the Tom Ford runway with the pale blue blouse and I’m going to play around with that idea.
AW19 Fashion Trend: Acid Wash
I don’t have any acid wash jeans. I hated that particular wash when it came around the first time, however, I have this pair of vintage stonewash Levi’s. Here, I paired it with a gorgeous vintage sequin top from a vintage shop in San Francisco. This look is my jam; vintage jeans and a statement top. I could wear that combo all day, every day.
Continuing to play on the statement jacket and purple theme. I like this 1980s (think Dynasty) beaded trophy jacket and vintage Levi’s.
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